Waking Up to Silence, Then Tinnitus Slowly Builds Up in Volume

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    1. earsnothappy

      earsnothappy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2014
      This is something that's been happening to me for the last 4-5 days.

      I wake up in the morning to silence, then after 10-15 seconds, the T kicks in and slowly builds in volume.

      I've been taking Benadryl to help me sleep. Is this just a side effect of the Benadryl? Or is this a sign of healing? Or???

      I wish there was a FAQ for these types of questions.

      Thank you!
    2. Enrique

      Enrique Member

      San Diego, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      This happens to me as well. I don't have a definite answer but I feel as though you only start to notice it when you try to find it otherwise it stays in the background. I don't take any medication.
    3. Garden Ring

      Garden Ring Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      Something of that kind happens to me as well.
      My idea is that when we sleep the body kind of "turn off" the senses, we don't stop hearing completely, obviously, but the signal only reaches the 'alarm' regions of the brain and is not fed into the parts where we consciously perceive it.
      This is only a layman's speculation, though.

      Anyway, I've always been a sleepyhead, now I love sleeping even more :)
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    4. BobDigi
      Kick ass

      BobDigi Member

      UK, Fareham
      Tinnitus Since:
      Sometimes when I wake up I've not realised my tinnitus. Then I realise I've not noticed it. Then it builds, and then it's there all day.
    5. Sound Wave

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      Same here. I think this is normal how our brains work, as Garden Ring also said. Lets enjoy those silent moments! :)
    6. Ray Seddon

      Ray Seddon Member Benefactor

      Western Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unprotected hearing damage - highpowered firearm, open-cab tractors...
      May be because it's quiet when we wake up and that's when T kicks in more - same thing happens to me because I have always liked to sit quietly at sunup with a coffee to start the day - so I've made it a habit to plug in a radio with earphones or mp3 with quiet masking in those quiet times, then I can ignore T. Mightn't be as quiet any more but I can still hear the birds and for me it's better and more relaxing than listening to T ramping up.
    7. My T Sucks

      My T Sucks Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Unbearable spikes since July 2012
      I believe it has to do with glutamate levels. When we sleep they're very low. Once we wake, these levels rapidly rise.
    8. Martin69

      Martin69 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      (Health) Anxiety
      Last night I woke up and could not hear my T for a minute.
      "During sleep, the conscious part of the brain is 'shut down' so we don't hear, see or feel anything."
      So if you can put T from the conscious part back into the subconscious part, you have won.
    9. earsnothappy

      earsnothappy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2014
      I'm guessing that's what they try to do with the realtime MRI... Show you where you tinnitus is, and then you try to move it... i'm ready to play that video game!
    10. Nich

      Nich Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Mines been going for a few weeks and at least once to twice a week it is gone the first 20 mins I wake up. Seems this is a common thing. Mine is quieter in the morning and gets louder through the day as well. Usually peaks at around 2-3pm.
    11. pef

      pef Member

      Georgia, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      It's usually silent in the morning, but after an hour or so it's baaaaaack.....

      It's great to lay in bed in silence when I wake up.
    12. Jodiwest

      Jodiwest Member

      Boston USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Antidepressants or pain relievers?
      This happens to me too. My doctor said it's because recent studies are showing that tinnitus might be created by the brain and not in the ears. The brain is funny thing - sometimes I don't see all colors when I first wake up and then they slowly "turn on".

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